A Poesia de Martim de Castro do Rio (c. 1548-1613) (“The Poetry of Martim de Castro do Rio, c. 1548-1613")
Author: Mafalda Ferin Cunha
Digital ISBN: 978-989-26-0326-1
Publisher: Coimbra University Press
Date: December 2011
Price: 10,60 €
Size: 170 mm x 240 mm
N.º Pages: 243
This work gathers together in a single volume the poetic works of Martim de Castro de Rio, which for centuries were dispersed around various manuscripts and attributed to other poets. By analysing and comparing various testimonies and poetic pieces by his peers and immediate predecessors (for sonnets by Castro do Rio have of course been published amongst the literary works of Camões), it seeks to determine his canon as precisely as possible. In some cases, it has been possible to prove Castro do Rio’s authorship, while in others, this remains merely a hypothesis. Each poem is accompanied by a commentary, indicating the most significant variants.
Martim de Castro do Rio, heir to a New Christian fortune and member of D. Sebastião’s entourage to Alcácer-Quibir, wrote both religious and profane poetry. This study looks briefly at each, concluding that, while the former closely follows the norms, the second is a sober and more intimate form of discourse, closer to the life experiences of the author.